Freeform often runs this movie during 25 Days of Christmas. They used to air the sequels as well before other networks acquired the rights.
After Freeform dropped the second film - likely because of Charlie Sheen - American Movie Classics quickly picked it up. It later moved to FX.
Freeform later lost access to the third film which is currently adored by the Starz networks.
Bowdlerise: A scene from the first film ended up deleted when it was released on DVD. Parents complained that their children dialed the number that Scott Calvin sarcastically gave (1-800-SPANK-ME), and discovered that it was a real number for a phone sex hotline. Some TV broadcasts dubbed over the "1-800-SPANK-ME" line with "1-800-POUND."
Other TV broadcasts of the first film removed the line after Charlie reacts to Scott floating in mid-air. Scott Calvin tells Charlie about "Living through the '60s."
Also played straight in the third movie; Carol's parents are led to believe that Scott is a toymaker living in Canada. The "Canada" they visit is just the North Pole decorated in a very stereotypical manner.
Network to the Rescue: After Disney executives saw the final cut of the movie, they moved the project from their Hollywood Pictures imprint to Disney proper, giving it a huge promotional boost. The move paid off as the movie was a big-time smash hit.
Sequel Gap: The second movie was released eight years after the first. Justified, as it actually does take place eight years later.
Written-In Infirmity: After horrific skin problems from the prostheses he wore in the first movie, Tim Allen had "desantification" added to the sequel so he could limit his time in the Santa makeup. However, the later addition of a robot Santa meant he had to be in costume even longer than the first movie.